In a society,one sector that must be protected is the education sector. In this sector, one degree that must not be compromised is the doctorate degree. This is the aim of scholarship. Thus, when it is bagged under questionable guise, it becomes a source of concern. Babcock University, Ogun State, one of Nigeria’s leading private university recently graduated a 25 year old phd student. While it can not be taken away from the student and the school and from most Nigerian students for that matter, Babcock has it as a moral obligation to show that the right thing was done. How long did it take to conduct the research and bag the degree, what is the students epistemological and ontological background, what has the student contributed to knowledge, what is the qualification, academic achievements and reputation of the student’s supervisor? All these and more should be made public to disabuse peoples mind and avoid the type of nosedive now experienced in exam
classes in our post primary schools. Federal ministry of Education, National Universities Commission and other relevant authorities must rise and ensure that the required academic rigor is met before doctorate degree is bagged. The sanctity of Phd in Nigeria should and must be protected.